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Transferring / transfer "down" to Columbia
« on: March 15, 2005, 12:24:41 AM »
I'm seriously thinking about transferring to Columbia from a higher ranked school.  I was admitted there last year and I think I might have chosen the wrong school...it’s just not a great fit with my personality, interests and attitude.  Anyhow, I'm wondering if anyone here has transferred to CLS after earning mediocre 1L grades at a nominally “better” school (Stanford, Harvard, or Yale).  Any comments on prospects and/or process will be most welcome.   

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General Board / Re: Lawyer in practice taking LSAT today..
« on: March 31, 2004, 10:02:23 PM »
QUOTE -" first of all an ivy league is an lvy league. There are no "top" ivy leagues more than others. I might not even choose to go there,..."



Sorry, but "Ivy League" and "Top Ivy League" are two different things...there's Cornell and UPenn and then there's Columbia, Harvard, Yale.  Just from going through the recruitment process...let's just say it's a whole different world.

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Columbia U / Re: Starting off
« on: March 05, 2004, 07:42:48 PM »
Hey, I got accecpted about 1 week ago and will almost certainly attend.  I have the same questions as the previous poster.  Meanwhile, I'm finishing up at NYU.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Columbia or Stanford
« on: June 17, 2004, 01:38:48 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the points raised. Well, after a very miserable 24hrs I guess I should be thinking in terms of trying to pick a career over the next week and then choosing the school that fits best.  One other thought: Stanford is roughly half the size of Columbia so presumably the chance of journal work or even law review is better (assuming that the Stanford doesn't kick my ass way harder than Columbia).  Disagree at will, but my understanding of the conventional wisdom is that among the top schools, the smaller ones (Yale and Stanford) are somewhat more laid back.  Another thought  floating around is that if I do pick Stanford, I could still potentially  take a semester at Columbia for more focused int'l law coursework.  Well, 6 days and counting down to decision time. Thanks

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Where should I go next fall? / Columbia or Stanford
« on: June 16, 2004, 04:18:01 PM »
I was all set to go to Columbia and then Stanford called me this morning offering a seat (I got waitlisted back in April).  This afternoon, the finance folks emailed an offer of roughly 5k per-year more than Columbia.  Here's the catch: I want to do international arbitration with a good deal of human rights pro-bono or perhaps work in the public sector (NGOs or UN) and Columbia is legendary in both int'l and human rights law.  That said, Stanford is more prestigious (and at this point, cheaper). Your thoughts, please.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Northwestern U. School of Law
« on: April 28, 2004, 04:13:13 PM »
I've heard nothing but good things about Northwestern.  It may not be U. Chicago but then again Boalt is not Stanford and nobody begrudges a degree from Boalt. You'll be able to do whatever you want. Good luck!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: So, where's everyone going?
« on: April 22, 2004, 07:43:31 PM »
Columbia - it's a done deal...response card, deposit, housing application...all done.

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An X30 or X40?  I don't even know if the X40 is available outside japan yet, but I don't really follow notebooks that closely.  By all accounts, the X series are wonderful machines, and you can't go wrong with one.  Just realize than on exam days you may have to remember to bring your media slice with you, for the cdrw/dvd drive. 

X40 (available on IBM.com)...any idea of how big those media slices are?  I figure law school is a good excuse to buy the smallest, fastest piece of tech I can get my hands on and I tend to associate the simple and sturdy ThinkPad with a good work ethic (not exactly what's going on with my Apple iBook)

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I'm looking at the IBM ThinkPad X-series (2.7-3.2 lbs) and great battery life.  It's only 12" but I've heard good things about the keyboards.  I'm thinking about waiting until they get 802.11g which I'm guessing will be standard fare by the end of the summer...the tech people at my school said that they are upgrading to "g" and that the whole law complex is going to be wireless (to the point of even removing the ethernet jacks) by the time I get there.  I guess I'm going to spend $1500 - $2000.  Any thoughts?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Anyone heard from NYU
« on: April 11, 2004, 12:27:42 AM »
I also sent apps in November. NYU is strange...I was admitted to several schools before they even "completed" my app. Still haven't heard anything...so I'm going to CLS.  A bunch of people at the CLS admitted student event last week were also still in the dark about NYU...I believe reference was made to "deathly silence from Vanderbilt Hall"


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